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Old Dec 4, 12, 7:29 pm   #1
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HIS starting a charter airline, "Asia Pacific Airlines"

Press release here (in Japanese): http://www.his.co.jp/material/pdf/n_co_20121204.pdf

News story from Aviation Wire here (also in Japanese): http://www.aviationwire.jp/archives/12466

Can't find any coverage in English yet, but the gist is that the carrier will be based in BKK with a couple of leased 767s, operating medium-haul charter flights to Japan and other unspecified destinations. They plan to expand the fleet over time, possibly adopting 777s and/or 787s as well depending on how things progress.
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Old Dec 4, 12, 7:34 pm   #2
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One more interesting tidbit -- the CEO of this new airline will be a Bangladeshi guy named Bobby Haque who moved to Japan at the age of 19 and joined HIS as a new graduate, working his way up to a board appointment earlier this year.

A profile in Japanese (again for lack of obvious English sources): http://ameblo.jp/kzspecial/day-20110218.html
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Old Dec 5, 12, 12:46 am   #3
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Presumably foreigners will be charged a different, more expensive price to fly this airline?
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Old Dec 5, 12, 1:56 am   #4
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Here's one in English, saw it yesterday :

TOKYO: One of Japan's biggest travel agencies said on Tuesday it would set up a charter airline based in the Thai capital Bangkok as demand for air travel in Asia soars.

H.I.S. said its Asia Pacific Airlines would begin operating flights in the summer, connecting Bangkok to locations across East Asia, including China, Japan and South Korea, a company official said.

The carrier would initially operate two 767 mid-sized planes before expanding its fleet to 10 aircraft within several years, it said.

"As demand for international flights is expected to jump in Asia, we want to secure our own aircraft so that we can offer services to both our current and new customers flexibly," the official said.

The travel giant offered few other details about its new airline.

About 18 million people used H.I.S. last year and it had 446 billion yen ($5.4 billion) in turnover, according to the company's financial results.

Asia Pacific Airlines will be owned 49 percent by H.I.S., with 39 percent held by its Thai unit H.I.S. Tours Co. and the remaining 12 percent held by Thai hotel owner Panlert Baiyoke, according to a statement.

- AFP/de
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Old Dec 10, 12, 5:15 pm   #5
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I hope this won't be conflict in name by another Asia Pacific Airlines that flies cargo B727's to/from HNL within the Pacific.

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